Raven's Roost Baltic Porter - Parkway Brewing Co.
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Reviews by obywan59:
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
Dark brown to almost black. A ring of ruby highlight circling the bottom of the glass when held up to a light. 3 1/2 finger brown head leaving some decent sticky lacing.
The aroma out of the bottle is dark roast malt. Out of the glass, it's more complex. Sweet milk chocolate with caramel and spice.
Some tartness in the taste with more of a bitter dark chocolate character here. Later it seems more like coffee. Both caramel and spice are more subdued here.
Rather full and viscuous on the tongue. Nice tingle of carbonation, yet the feel is predominately creamy. Somewhat drying with a decent burn of alcohol in the throat.
Less sweet than most of the porters I've tried, though not the driest. What sweetness there is, takes a back seat to the lingering citric tartness. The wonderful mouthfeel, and the warming attributes, make this a winner. It appears I've found my second top-notch brewery from the home state, alongside Blue Mountain Barrel House.
04-09-2013 02:21:06 | More by obywan59
More User Reviews:
3.61/5 rDev -7.2%
Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a red wine glass. I have only had this beer on tap before, and I've loved it. I've been waiting on 12 oz bottles for a while; the bombers were overpriced.
Appearance: It looks like a Baltic Porter should in general, but it also looks a bit thin, which betrays what, to my mind, is the only significant problem with this beer: the mouthfeel (more on this in a minute).
Smell: Not much going on here. A bit of chocolate, but nothing too exciting. Overall, kind of dead in the olfactory department.
Taste: This is where the beer really shines. To be so olfactorily challenged, this beer has a remarkable flavor. Rich semi-sweet chocolate, a hint of raspberry, and a little heat on the end, almost peppery. Everything one wants in a porter and more. Ultimately, it's exceptionally well balanced, and after sipping on it for a while, I'm left with a lovely taste lingering in my mouth that's reminiscent of the aftertaste of a dense chocolate cake with raspberries on top.
Mouthfeel: I can't help it. When I have a porter, I compare it to Revolution's Eugene porter, which has one of the best mouthfeels of any beer I've had ... certainly one of the best of any porter I've had. It's so creamy and velvety. Raven's Roost is a bit thin, especially considering it's supposed to be a Baltic Porter. Compared even to, say, Duck Rabbit's Baltic Porter or Uinta's Baltic Porter, Raven's Roost seems much more like a traditional porter, and when you compare it to great traditional porters like Eugene or Everett, it's biggest lack is it's at best mediocre mouthfeel.
Overall: I love this beer on draught, a format that helps with the mouthfeel and aromatic issues. The flavor stays pretty much the same, which is delightful. Overall, I'm glad these guys are nearby, and I'm glad I can get a pretty good porter without having to drive to Vermont or Chicago.
09-04-2013 00:05:59 | More by NealBuck
3.94/5 rDev +1.3%
22-ounce bottle, consumed at slightly above fridge temperature.
Appearance: Brown, almost black, opaque. Tiny bubbles give a inch high tan head, leaving rings of delicate lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate in front, with coffee close behind. Some caramel aroma.
Taste: Here's where it happens, friends, the chocolate and coffee asserting themselves in a tight partnership, with fig and some spice lurking in the background. A bit of heat from the alcohol, but very mild. The bitterness from the toasted malts is subdued.
Mouthfeel: Velvety, well matched for the style of beer.
Overall: At 7.1 ABV, it's a lighter baltic porter, and I'm tempted to classify it as a brown ale's big brother. Very enjoyable as a gateway into the porter world, very approachable and smooth. Great introduction to Parkway's beers, will appeal to a large segment of fans. Nicely done.
04-07-2013 23:28:34 | More by Cyrion
3.79/5 rDev -2.6%
Pours a dark deep red showing through when held to the light. Thumb sized light tan head falls slow leaves some lace down my glass.
Aroma is chocolate notes as soon as pouring, fades to dark fruits, some light roasted notes. Nice aroma bot huge but pleasant.
Taste the same as the nose nice chocolate notes up front stronger then the nose.Some roasted notes dark fruits, even almost lactose like sweetness even though it shouldn't. Finish is linger dark fruits and chocolate like sweetness.
Mouthfeel is a big medium the carbonation level is not peppy but seems to lighten the feel some what.
Overall nice beer not quite as big as some Baltic Porters but flavorful and enjoyable.
01-22-2014 22:59:24 | More by mntlover
Raven's Roost Baltic Porter from Parkway Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.